Ludwig launch tattoo-inspired Corey Miller kit


celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2009 and, as part of the celebrations they have announced a series of special lines. The newest announcement is this, the

Corey Miller

Signature Element Drum Kit, and we think it's a bit of a scorcher!

The drums feature the tattoo flash of world-renowned tattoo artist Corey Miller and are the perfect representation of the link between tattoos and rock 'n' roll.

Miller entered the world of tattooing as a 15-year-old hoodlum punk rock drummer, and began his professional tattoo career at age 20 at Fat George's Tattoo Gallery in LaPuente, California. Taking cues from famed artists such as Jack Rudy, Filip Leu and Suzanne Fauser, Corey's stunningly realistic tattoo art have taken him all over the world, and made him one of the most sought-after purveyors of ink in modern times.

Sole proprietor and owner of Six Feet Under Tattoo Parlor in Upland, CA, since opening up on April Fools Day, 1997, it is his use of black-and-grey that put Corey on the map. Having inked such icons as Metallica's James Hetfield and custom motorcycle artist Jesse James, it is his recently televised association with L.A. based celebrity tattoo artist Kat Von D that has propelled him into the media spotlight.

Now, back to that kit... Corey's flash is set against a background of pre-aged White Marine Pearloid wrap with black electroplated hardware. "This is a true first for Ludwig, and indeed, the drum industry”, says Kevin Packard, director of marketing, combo percussion. “Numerous kits with custom graphics have been introduced before, but never in a way that allowed every drummer access to them. To have Corey's art on a Ludwig kit is something we are really proud of".

A long- time Ludwig artist and drummer, the Element Series Corey Miller Signature drum kit was personally designed by Corey using various elements of his classic tattoo flash. The kit is also the first production kit from Ludwig to feature a 22"x22" bass drum, a true compliment to the kit's 14"x7" snare, 12"x8" rack tom, and 16"x14" floor tom.

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Chris Barnes

I'm MusicRadar's eCommerce Editor. It's my job to manage the buyer's guides on MusicRadar and help musicians find the right gear and the best prices. I'm a guitarist and a drummer and I've worked in the music gear industry for 18 years, including 7 years as Editor of the UK's best-selling drum magazine Rhythm, and 5 years as a freelance writer working with many of the world's biggest musical instrument brands including the likes of Roland, Boss, MusicRadar and Natal.